As floodwaters begin to recede, Vice President Mike Pence announced in a tweet that he will visit Nebraska on Tuesday to take stock of the devastation.
His visit comes as 74 cities, 65 counties, and four tribal areas, have declared states of emergency in Nebraska, according to the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency.
Water submerged large swaths of the state, as well as Iowa, South Dakota and Wisconsin, ravaging farms and swamping homes. At least four people have been killed and hundreds of others have been displaced.
Heading to Nebraska today to survey the devastating flood damage. To the people of Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, Kansas & all regions impacted: we are with you! https://t.co/7VS9RaM333
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) March 19, 2019
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted that Pence will be joined by Gov. Pete Ricketts of Nebraska and Iowa’s governor, Kim Reynolds.
Steve Hespen, the sheriff of Dodge County, Nebraska, told NPR that several levies were breached in the region he patrols after a “bomb cyclone” poured torrents of rain across the region, compounded with snow melt filling rivers and streams.
“I’ve lived in this area of Dodge County and Freemont all my life and this is the worst flood situation that I’ve ever encountered,” Hespen said.